If you need more reasons to drink whisky, you’re in luck. Here are three you just can’t argue with!
1. It’s delicious. Mark Twain said, ?Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.? Mark Twain was a smart man.
2. It makes a pretty big impact on our economy. Spirits aren’t the biggest business in the province, but a study conducted a few years ago by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs determined that Ontario spirits contributed about $1.5 billion to our economy and supported jobs for some 6,000 Ontario families. Sure, that’s not just whiskey; but I’ll refer you back to point one for why whiskey.
3. Many of them are grain to glass, which means you’re also supporting Ontario’s farmers. While we may not grow a ton of wheat around these parts, we do grow rye, barley and corn. All good things for whiskey making!
Now that you’re convinced (you’re convinced, right?), here are three of our favorite Ontario whiskies available now. They’re great stocking stuffers, but we won’t judge if you just keep them for yourselves either!
Batch 2 Rye Whisky
Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers
Years and years and years of planning, investment, hard work, sweat, tears, wins, luck and good people went into making this whisky. It’s made from 100% Ontario rye grain and aged in oak casks. Definitely a special sipper. dillons.ca
Premium Craft Whisky
When you’re distillery shares space with the largest cooperage in Canada, you’re bound to make good whisky. Wolfhead makes theirs with rye and also offers flavoured varieties like coffee and apple caramel for those looking for something a little sweeter. drinkwolfhead.com
North of 7 Whiskey
Almost all the grain used for Nof7 Whiskey (heritage purple corn, wheat, rye and barley) is sourced locally from Moulin St.-Georges Mill (corn from the Alexandria area) and Against the Grain farm in Winchester! northof7distillery.ca
Looking for more information on Ontario’s distilling landscape? Head on over to the Ontario Craft Distillery Association.